Thu 26 Sept

Peret: My Name Is Rumba

Cert. U

Special Screenings

London Spanish Film Festival

Yo Soy La Rumba

92 mins

in Catalan and Spanish with EN subs

ESP | 2018 | dir. Paloma Zapata, with Pepita Becas, Miliu Calabuch, and La Chana | doc

Winner of the Best International Film at the MUVI Music Film Festival 2019 and a must-see for music lovers, this documentary traces the life and work of an enigmatic singer and guitarist who, raised in the humble, gypsy neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, Barcelona, would be universally hailed as the ‘King of Rumba’ for his fusion of flamenco song with Latin American beats and rhythm. During a career spanning six decades, from the mid-1950s to his death in 2014, Peret rubbed shoulders with Pérez Prado and Elvis Presley and released global smash-hits such as Borriquito. From his enforced performance at Eurovision, to his long break from stardom to become an Evangelical pastor in the USA, to his triumphant return at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Peret: My Name Is Rumba provides a warm, intimate portrait – through heartfelt testimonies from grandchildren and friends (Petitet, Justo Molinero) – of a musician full of paradoxes but also, and most importantly, a deep kindness and an irrepressible love of song.

Preceded by an introduction by Alejandro Postigo

Tristana Media Instituto Cervantes


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